About The Mole Antonelliana & Cinema Museum:
The history of Turin's architectural icon is anything but straightforward. Originally conceived as a synagogue by the city's Jewish community, it was disowned amidst spiralling costs and creative disagreements with its namesake architect - Alessandro Antonelli. Subsequently acquired by the Municipality of Turin, it was finally completed in 1889, not as a place of worship, but as a grand symbol of the Unification of Italy. It even housed the original Museum of the Risorgimento from 1908 to 1938.
The glass elevator (included with this ticket) was added in 1961 to mark the centenary of Italy's Unification. It carries visitors 85 meters up into the dome towards the panoramic outer terrace. From here you can look out across Turin, admiring views that stretch as far as the snow-capped Alps.
At the heart of the Mole Antonelliana is Italy's National Museum of Cinema, a state-of-the-art visitor attraction opened in 2008. Using original props, documents, multimedia and recreated set pieces, it delves into the creative and technical magic underlying this modern, ever-changing art form. The journey begins with a set of themed exhibitions exploring the development of filmmaking during the late 19th - early 20th centuries. You'll see fascinating pieces of equipment such as Phenakistiscopes, zoetropes, camera obscuras and other precursors to modern motion picture cameras.
To convey the fundamentals of moving imagery the museum also uses optical illusions and projections, all beautifully crafted and some with interactive elements.
Higher up you'll find 'The Temple Hall', a collection of spaces dedicated to the culture and imagery of 20th - 21st century cinema. In a way this area is the crux of the museum, with its dazzling prop, screenwriting and set piece displays. Notable works include: Sergio Leone's Spaghetti Westerns, The Godfather, Star Wars, Jurassic Park and Universal's iconic horror products of the 1920s and 30s.
Next is an exhibition focusing on the inner workings of the film industry, the 'Cinema Machine'. Think of this area as a mashup between the nitty-gritty and the glitz and glamour; where the studio system and creative processes are examined, as well as the lives and roles of the industry's greatest stars.
The experience ends with a trip up to the Poster Gallery, where you'll find hundreds of amazing graphics from every era of cinema.
- Monday: 09:00 to 14:00.
- Tuesday: Closed.
- Wednesday - Friday + Sunday: 09:00 to 20:00.
- Saturday: 09:00 to 23:00.
- Via Montebello, 20, 10124 Torino.
- Note: Voucher exchange required before visiting the museum, see Usage Instructions.
- Bookshop - Souvenirs and Gifts.
- Cafeteria / Restaurant.
- Audio Guides (English, Italian and French) - Hire for €5.
| City Sightseeing Turin Tour:
This skip-the-line entry ticket for the Mole Antonelliana and Cinema Museum includes a hop-on hop-off bus pass. Click/tap the link below to find out more about Turin's official sightseeing tour.
- Click here for tour details.